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On the Beat: Foster works with first-team offense
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    Senior quarterback Jayson Foster directed the first-team offense at practice Tuesday, but Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher said the battle for the starting job is far from settled.
    Foster and last year’s starting signal caller, junior Travis Clark, have separated themselves as the top two quarterbacks during fall camp. The Eagles currently have seven players vying for the job, and freshman Northern Illinois transfer Billy Lowe has been making strides.
    “Clark and Foster are still battling there, and Billy Lowe is starting to make a little bit of a move,” Hatcher said. “It’s still a wide-open deal.”

Fortunate with injuries
    Though several Eagles are banged up, Georgia Southern hasn’t had significant injuries so far during fall camp.
    “We’ve been very fortunate right now,” Hatcher said. “Overall, we’ve been doing pretty good.”

Intensity improves
    The Eagles practiced in full pads Tuesday, and Hatcher said he’d decide on a day-by-day basis which days the team would practice in full gear. GSU has four more workouts this week, including a morning session Saturday, before taking Sunday off.
    “The intensity is starting to pick up a little bit, and we just want business-like work right now,” Hatcher said. “We’ve still got two and a half weeks before we’ve got to be ready, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
    Does he see anything in particular the Eagles need to address?
    “Pretty much every facet of the game,” Hatcher said. “We need to get a lot better.”
    Georgia Southern hosts West Georgia for its season opener Sept. 8.